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beast and boy

Here’s a lovely surprise that dropped from the skies today: a poster for Hosoda Mamoru’s next feature-length animation,「バケモノの子」(Bakemono no Ko/Beast and Boy). That’s the first I have heard of this film, but I’ll take surprises like this any day.

Hosoda, who previously directed 「時をかける少女」 (Toki wo kakeru shôjo/The Girl Who Leapt through Time, 2006),「サマーウォーズ」 (Sama Wazu/Summer Wars, 2009) and most recently 「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」 (Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki/Wolf Children, 2012), explains that the story is set in two realms, a human one (Tokyo’s Shibuya ward) and a supernatural one (“Jūtengai”). It focuses on “a boy who was separated from his parents and becomes a disciple of a bakemono (supernatural creature)” (quote from the Tokyo Press conference, via Anime News Network). While the beings of the two realms are not meant to interact, the boy (later named Kyūta) and the bakemono (Kumatetsu), both lonely, meet one day.

The film is set to be released in Japan in the summer of 2015 (July 11th to be exact), although screening dates have also already been arranged for France – not surprising, given that Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki had its world premiere at the Annecy Film Festival. NTV is producing the film, while international distribution will be handled by Gaumont.

Loving both Tokikake and Okami Kokomo no Ame to Yuki to bits, I’m thrilled at the prospect of another project from Hosoda. Can’t wait to see what he has in store for us this time!

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